This Week in SGA: Allergies and 16 Handles
Barnard Student Government Association correspondent Emma Goss brings you the highlights from Monday night’s Barnard SGA representative council meeting.
What They’ve Done:
- The representatives voted to approve the recommendations from the Joint Council Co-Sponsorship Committee, which provides funding for student groups at Columbia and Barnard, to fund an event that was hosted by the Columbia Organization for Rising Entrepreneurs.
- A representative from the Food Advisory Board presented her plans to launch an allergy awareness program at Barnard. She suggested creating a student group to discuss food allergies and gauge student understanding and concern for the topic, and examine the differences in how Barnard and Columbia dining accommodate for food allergies. The representatives supported the recommendation to ask Barnard dining services to post their menus online in advance so students with allergies can avoid airborne allergens that could potentially provoke an allergic reaction.
- Alina Wong, who joined Barnard as Dean for Student Life this semester, was the administrative guest of the evening. She is the official advisor of SGA and spoke with the representatives about how to successfully work together to solve campus issues.
What To Expect:
- The Senior Class Council is serving free 16 Handles frozen yogurt to members of the class of 2014 on Wednesday on the Diana Center rooftop 7-8:30pm.
- SGA has agreed to participate in and sponsor an event with the four undergraduate student councils to hold a free outdoor Halloween movie screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas the first week in November.
- At next week’s SGA representative council meeting, the representatives will discuss ways to implement and standardize “trigger warnings,” or “trauma response” warnings in Columbia and Barnard classes to prepare and excuse students who are uncomfortable with course content that uses offensive language or has physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence associated with it.
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